A Chesapeake jury convicted two men this afternoon of murder and other charges in the death of a 1-year-old girl during a home invasion.
After more than a day of deliberations, the jury convicted Shawn Sir Charles Ward and Julian Barksdale of second-degree murder. Both had been charged with first-degree murder, but the jury opted for a lesser charge. The verdict came after the end of more than a week of testimony. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin at 2 p.m.
Ward, 22, and Barksdale, 20, were accused of killing of Ny-Asia Tillmon, an infant shot in the head Nov. 10 when masked gunmen forced their way into a home in the 3700 block of Bainbridge Road. Two others in the home with the infant were wounded.
According to court testimony, as many as three people forced their way into the front door of the first-floor apartment. A witness identified Ward and Barksdale as two of the culprits. A third person has never been arrested or identified.
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